We’re not interested in having a thoughtful, productive or rational conversation about guns. We’re not interested in placing the word ‘control’ anywhere near the word ‘gun.’
To use the language of addiction, we’re not interested in taking the 1st Step.
We’re hooked on guns. We’re hooked on shootings. We’re hooked on mourning the victims of shootings. We’re hooked on politicians bowing their heads, offering thoughts and prayers.
It’s the new national pastime.
But we need to give it a place. We need to give it a context. We need to give ourselves a ritual for coming unglued.
When I want to get drunk, I go to a bar. When I want to get drunk and violent, I go to a sports bar.
If I have too much to drink, and I’m driving, I take a cab. If I have too much to drink, and I’m driving, and I get in my car anyway, and I get busted, I get a DUI, which lets everyone know I’m a selfish piece of shit.
Military Bases are acceptable. Gun Ranges are acceptable. Open Fields and Waters where hunting’s permitted is acceptable. Any gathering of the NRA is acceptable.
These are places where the strategy of accomplishing a very specific goal is attached to the use of deadly force. It follows, these are places where showing-up with an AR-15, M16A2, Remington 870 12-Gauge Shotgun, and coming unglued, is perfectly acceptable.
If I wanted to get drunk, I’d go to a bar, not a Safeway. If I wanted to get drunk and violent, I’d go to a sports bar, not an AMC Movie Theater.
If I wanted to see titties, I go to a titty bar, not an Elementary School.
We’ve given these behaviors a place. We’ve given these behaviors a context. We’ve given these behaviors a ritual for coming unglued.
In a country where peaceful assembly and the right to debate grievances is perceived as more threatening than bang-bang shoot-shoot, in a country where the order of the 1st & 2nd Amendment needs to be switched to more accurately reflect the national priority, in a country where schoolchildren are moving targets and it’s open season on the unarmed, Aaron Alexis should be applauded for shooting up a Navy Yard.
He’s pointing. But it’s not a gun. It’s a way forward.